Charlie Barr and the ‘Atlantic’ story

'Atlantic' under full sail
‘Atlantic’ under full sail

The stern Scot, Charlie Barr, was arguably the best racing skipper Britain ever produced. His most famous achievement must be the transatlantic speed record on the schooner ‘Atlantic’, set in 1905 and destined to last for 100 years. He was also a successful America’s Cup skipper.

Classic Boat Magazine has made a three-part digital issue of the Charlie Barr story available as a free download here.

Watch the video, produced by Alasdair Purves, which covers his move from Scotland to the US where his prowess gained him employment with the likes of John Pierpont Morgan, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt III; his America’s Cup hat-trick, racing Herreshoff designed yachts; the tremendous 1905 Kaiser’s Cup transatlantic race, setting the world record for the fastest crossing of The Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic – The Legend of Captain Charlie Barr from Alasdair Purves on Vimeo.